I use these when I fly, which for the most case is Monday and Thursday. Yesterday was a 10 hour day on planes or in airports alone, got home and these were up… I use these all the time.
They drown out background chatter, but not someone speaking to you or next to you.
They are tight in the ear canal, after a full day of use my ears tend to get a little sore until these are removed for a few minutes.
They take abuse like a champ, Mine get wrapped around my iPod and thrown in to a backpack when not in use. They’ve gotten caught up in my key chain a few times and when I yanked on the iPod they took the keys out with it and never snapped or stopped working.
My current set I’ve had for over a year with no issues at all.
I mainly listen to podcasts when traveling, Opie and Anthony, Cheapassgamer, Joystiq and the like and they sound great. My second set I use on my laptop to play games with and again, the sound is really good.
I highly recommend them and have given them out as gifts to family with good feedback.